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What is 21st Century Education? - YouTube

Thanks to EFSmithsonian for their work on this FANTASTIC video. (Thought provoking...What is 21st Century Education?
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Apps bring museum studies to life

Apps bring museum studies to life | Changes in Museums | Scoop.it
Touchscreen devices are putting students and curators together
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So this app primarily talks about ethics issues for Museum Studies students. Some who there is the collaboration of museum staff and there seems to be a why for students to ask their questions and provide their own commentary... how does this work?

 

http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/press-releases/2011/december/latest-touch-screen-technology-takes-students-behind-the-scenes-at-the-british-museum

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An app that will change museums?

An app that will change museums? | Changes in Museums | Scoop.it
The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada has launched a new App for Smartphones and tablet computers that is designed to give museum visitors a whole new way of looking at its collection.
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I love the way that this app can help visitors interact with materials with the museum in a noninvasive manner. Although limited, there are so many possibilities with this app! It can be adapted and used as another way for museum visitors to understand and connect with object in a completely different way.

 

SO COOL!

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What is STEM Education?

What is STEM Education? | Changes in Museums | Scoop.it
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.
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What can museums do, beyond revising educational materials to comply with and aid in realizing the goals of STEM?

 

When developing educational materials for the classroom it is often beneficial for museums to include the list of core standards the activity will build on or introduce. In our school systems we seem to be obsessed with reaching certain goals, students must be able to prove their understanding of x, y, or z subject in accordance with our standardized testing, and if not the teachers can be penalized. (As a former student in this system, I have heard first hand from High School level teachers the effect the scores have on, for example, their pay).

 

Listing the corresponding goal on the activity sheet for teachers can help them make use of our materials, having field trip or visits be more than just that. But from what it sounds like STEM seems to focus on showing students the real world applications of these fields, how it can affect their lives and the lives of those around them. It is this point that I think that museums can stake their place. In classrooms it might be at times difficult to relate sciece to everyday life, but in museums, where interactive and hands-on exhibits are more prevelant, students can create their own associations, making them even more influential.

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Teach Kids to Daydream

Teach Kids to Daydream | Changes in Museums | Scoop.it
Mental downtime makes people more creative and less anxious.
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I think that in a system where students are constantly pushed into active thought, that museums could prove to be one of many places where active daydreaming can be welcomed. True, museums aim to 'teach' visitors about a given subject matter, but through other activities and quiet contemplation, daydreaming can lead to creativity and a peaceful state of mind.Beyond creating connections to the objects through memory and experience reflections, but it can in some programming instances be used to for improved self awareness.


 

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The Smithsonian is 3D-scanning its collection for future generations

The Smithsonian is 3D-scanning its collection for future generations | Changes in Museums | Scoop.it
The Smithsonian has been experimenting with 3D scanning for some time now, using tools like laser arm scanners to map models of whale fossils and other
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Such an amazing project! Digitization of objects to be used to future research and for public access. It becomes a 3D model... for smaller objects could this data be used for later 3D printing?

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▶ Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding Explained - YouTube

A short animated film by Crowdsourcing.org, narrated by Crowdsourcing.org's Founder, Carl Esposti, describing the four different ways Crowdsourcing works and...
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Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding can be very useful in museums to collect content, funds and even exhibition ideas. This, to me, seems to be another aspect of the growing sharing economy.

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Forget LED bulbs—the future of interior lighting is lasers

Forget LED bulbs—the future of interior lighting is lasers | Changes in Museums | Scoop.it
Steven DenBaars, a research scientist at UC Santa Barbara, has been working on LED lights for 20 years. He has been instrumental in pushing them to the point that they are the true heir to Edison's electric bulb. But in his own head, and in his lab, DenBaars is already onto the next big thing: Replacing...
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LED lights are all the rage, but before that it were incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. Lighting technology is progressing so much faster than lighting design, but what place could laser based lighting have in museums. Just in the beginning stages application, I wonder about the practical use in museums, and the questions and studies that would need to be conducted. This sounds like a cost effective means of lighting, but what would it cost to install, damage to artifacts, controls... etc. There are just so many possibilities, but even more questions.

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The Sharing Economy: Sharing Isn't Just Nice To Do, It's Changing How We Do Business

The Sharing Economy: Sharing Isn't Just Nice To Do, It's Changing How We Do Business | Changes in Museums | Scoop.it
The rise of the sharing economy has created a new class of entrepreneur. Their startups are monetizing everything from tool swaps to unused parking spots in cities, and one of them might be the next Airbnb.
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I have found myself reading more and more articles about the "sharing economy" and end of "ownership". A cultural change that is accredited to the economic collapse and growing environmental awareness. New businesses are popping up, one such example is Lyft, a car service right here in California! These organizations are testing the boundaries of different laws regarding taxation and labor. 

 

These business help to facilitate sharing, while most of the interactions are person to person. If this practice becomes more mainstream  (currently it appears that these practices can be found in cities), becoming a part of the current culture, what can museums do to become part of the movement (if they so chose)? What is it that museums have that could be made even more communal? Borrowing technology (beyond translation and audio gear), memberships? This is where I am lost. What, if anything, could museums do to place themselves favorably in this new transforming shared economy?

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Inside Washington DC's Science Fiction Museum Crowdfunding Campaign

Inside Washington DC's Science Fiction Museum Crowdfunding Campaign | Changes in Museums | Scoop.it
The museum is slated to open next year and will feature artifacts from across the genre.
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(1) can I just say that I LOVE the idea of this museum!

(2) I really like how they are using crowd sourcing techniques to try to raise money for the museum. It really makes it a museum of the people, BY the people. People from all over, of all stages of life can take part in the creation of the museum.

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